Percent of households reducing the number of cars in their household


The results of the annual community survey determined that 9% of households have fewer cars in 2019 than they did in 2018. Reducing the number of cars in a household (i.e. going from having two cars to having only one car) often indicates that individuals or families have other options to get around Austin without each driver needing to own a personal vehicle.  The results of this measure, determines the ability of households to choose to reduce the number of privately owned cars.


The annual community survey has only included this item for one year, creating the baseline for this measure.  This measure calculates the incremental change in the number of cars per household.  Austin Transportation is actively working to increase the speed, reliability, safety, and affordability of other modes of transportation and actively communicating the benefits of telecommute solutions to impact this measure.
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Additional Measure Insights

Households may reduce their total number of cars for a variety of reasons. The household may choose to sell or donate one of their vehicles if they no longer require multiple vehicles. This measure can also capture that households are challenged with the costs associated with owning and maintaining multiple vehicles. The current economic environment may affect household’s ability to own multiple vehicles.  The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a more general acceptance of the benefits of telecommuting and, in addition, Capital Metro has suspended fares to ease the strain of transportation costs.   The potential benefits of alternative modes of travel are more evident with the reduction in traffic, improved travel time, and better air quality.  Increasing the communication of the benefits of transportation choices will support the City’s mobility goals, and ultimately reduce the number of vehicles per household. 
Every year, the City of Austin administers a community survey to assess citywide satisfaction with the delivery of major city services and to determine community priorities as part of the City's ongoing planning process. 

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Measure Details and Definition

1) Definition:  This measure is how many people who were surveyed report a reduction in the number of cars in their household.
2) Calculation method: This measure was calculated by the following formula: The number of respondents who answered 1 (Yes) divided by the total number of responses.
3) Data Collection Process: This is a question administered on the annual community survey managed by a third party vendor, ETC Institute, on behalf of the City of Austin
4) Measure Target Calculation: The target was set using the 2019 measurement as the baseline.  Austin Transportation will calculate the incremental change in this percentage to identify progress of strategic goals.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: Measure Time Period: Annually (Calendar Year)

Date page was last updated: July 2020